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But it's not like the stores are packed, things are relatively calm.
I plan on turning my computer off once the winds and rain start and bunkering down in the underground basement with my laptop and iPhone (and battery-doubler) although power and cell lines are likely to go down for days, possibly more worst-case. Hopefully things will go smoothly and damage will be kept to a minimum. Still, something scary about the eye of a hurricane passing right over your neighborhood. I'm just hoping the top won't be blown off the house.
I'm following bits and pieces of the weather.com advisory, eg, stockpiling water, keeping liberal supplies of medications, flashlight, batteries, staying with sleeping bags and the like in the basement floor away from windows (with my aging parents)
Should be safe there, I think we can escape flooding as we live far from the coast and really have never experienced any.
My thoughts are just if we can escape widespread structural damage and keep loss of lives and wiped out houses to a minimum in the area. Tornados are a minor danger too.
Hopefully we can all be back to business and have this under our belt by Monday or Tuesday morning.
Mayor Bloomberg has stated in press conferences those in affected areas should move to higher ground; ie, non-affected areas, staying with friends and/or relatives in the boroughs or outside.
There likely won't be lawlessness, the waters will recede and there will just be a lot of property damage. They are deploying a lot of police units to keep order in the city and crews are coming from out of state and those local to the area being lined up in teams to repair and clear damage and restore power to the affected areas.
I'm still scared-- stockpiling on water and going to bunker down in my basement, as the projected path of the 'cane brings the eye with a near-direct hit over my residence. Just gotta tough it out and hope they can restore power in a reasonable period of time and damage to life and proprety is minimal.
But don't pray for me.
I've read the eye may pass directly over where I live or at least just a few miles in either direction.
I just lugged home a 24 pack of Nestle water bottles 3/4 a mile by hand from CVS because I think my parents (with whom I live) aren't serious enough about preparing. Along with a couple bottles from Dunkin Donuts.
I think we should be stockpiling water, the gov. of CT and other data say power could be down for up to a week or even more. I've convinced my parents to stay with me in the basement (safest place in the house, especially in event of falling trees or tornadic activity) for the duration of the storm, and will do my best to convince them to drive me to pick up more 24 or 48 packs tomorrow.
Frankly, I feel thankful the stores are still well stocked with water. There are stacks of it right in the front as soon as you walk in. Cheap too, $6 and change for a 24-pack. Hope that lasts through tomorrow.
Tomorrow afternoon I'm going to turn off my desktop and bring my medications, laptop, iPhone (with battery doubler), some books, and anything else I can think of and stay bunkered in in the basement. First direct hit of a 'cane of my life.
They've been saying we're long overdue for one for years now. A year or two ago weather.com ran a piece saying that NYC is #2 most overdue city.
Well, our card has come up.
Also interesting, I watched the local news station meterologist (Sam Champion of Eyewitness News NYC) responding to someones questions about if we would have time to evacuate saying that there are 7 million people on geographical L.I. and how it would be completely impossible to evacuate most of us with one interestate highway and a handful of bridges and tunnels through the NYC boroughs to the mainland. You could read into his words.. If this were a more serious threat we'd be sitting ducks.
Hope for the best, prepare for the worst. (But don't pray for me).
Also, lots of Double A batteries for flashlights.
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The bottom line from the CR point of view, is that the American/Western diet is so nutritionally inadequate that it takes a relatively large amount of food/calories to provide the satisfactory level of nutrients that the body requires. That is to say, if you had a number of diets all containing the same level of nutrients, but with just different caloric content, the one who eats a rather low amount of calories, and accordingly had a low BMI, would live the longest. This is the idea behind the CRON diet (Calorie Restriction Optimal Nutrition) -- satisfying your nutritional needs while reducing calories by eliminating non-nutritious calories and consuming only nutrient-rich foods.
I will not make the case for CRON here, the research speaks for itself, and there are many resources for pursuing it online. Just adding the CR view on this type of study, similar versions of which have been reported in other times and places.